Thu, 2013-03-28 16:15 — Anonymous
A well established, popular and vibrant Austrian ski resort, St Anton offers a wealth of activities to keep the group or family entertained both on and off the slopes. Down in the town, the pretty and charming resort centre is a hive of activity all day long with a wealth of shops, bars, restaurants and other amenities to enjoy.
This is a beautiful, quaint and buzzing resort which not only famous for its fantastic skiing and après bars, but also for its range of entertainment off the piste. From hiking along the extensive footpaths to relaxing in the gorgeous wellness centre, it’s hard to get bored here! Overall, St Anton has unique qualities which appeal to families. younger groups and the older generations alike, with something for all. Below are some examples of the fantastic range of activities available to you off the piste in St Anton.
The Wellness centre and the ‘Arl.rock’ Centre offer sporty visitors to St Anton a lot more than just skiing. The Arl.rock Centre offers sporting pursuits such as squash and tennis alongside other activities such as climbing walls with up to 100 different climbing routes. In addition, the Wellness Centre offers a variety of activities ranging from indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre, saunas, steam room and relaxation areas.
This is a must-do activity in St Anton! The main run starts at the top of the Nassereinbahn and takes you down to the village. It’s about 4 kilometres in length and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The run is open from 12pm - 4.30 daily and is lit up every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30pm. Toboggans can be rented from the ski hire shops in town centre as well as over in the Nasserein sector and the use of the run is free during the day of you have a lift pass.
For those who enjoy hiking the great outdoors, there’s an abundance of hiking routes to explore in St Anton. Up to 70 kilometres of hiking paths are cleared for visitors and well signposted including the route around the beautiful Verwall Lake, a particularly popular trail.
These bikes can be hired at the base of the slopes, next to the Galzigbahn. Snow biking is a great way to spend an afternoon if your legs need a rest from skiing or you want to get all the gang involved in a fun, snow-based activity away from the skis!
Enjoy spectacular bird’s eye views of the snowy Austrian peaks from the air with a paragliding session, where you can reach heights of up to 3300 meters! This may sound terrifying for those who don’t like heights, but it’s a fantastic experience best enjoyed during the beautiful clear days of March and April, when the thermals rising from the ground are at their strongest.
The frozen lake in front of the wellness centre is used for ice skating and curling. The rink is open daily from 1pm - 5.30pm and turns into a disco from 6pm - 10pm on a Friday, so there’s lots of time to get your skates on! Aside from ice skating here visitors can also try their hand at the Olympic pursuit of curling, and the activity is open to adults and children alike. Whether skating or curling, all the equipment you’ll need is available for hire at the venue and prices are very reasonable.
If you enjoy the atmosphere and scenery of mountain ski resorts but you are not so keen on skiing, St Anton is a fantastic resort to spend time in. There are many great shops and boutiques to enjoy within the pedestrian area of St Anton, and individually-run gift shops sell a host of traditional Austrian treats. Aside from that, there’s a host of different cafes and bars to sit in with a good book to while away a few hours before rejoining your friends and family for a little après ski in resort centre.